"Very well, Planchet! Accept my compliments on your acquisition."
Athos did not smile at this little pleasantry which Planchet had aimed at him, in order to try his strength in mundane facetiousness.
"Upstairs, perhaps?" And Athos, seeing Planchet a little embarrassed, wished to relieve him by going first.
Raoul had, no doubt, seen that what Planchet said was true, for he turned round to go downstairs again.
pardon me, Planchet, I did not know that you had upstairs - "
D'Artagnan took advantage of a moment's pause to examine the countenance of Planchet, whom he had not seen for a year.
"Formerly, monsieur," said Planchet, with a smile full of bonhomie, "it was I who drank your wine; now you do me the honor to drink mine."
"And, thank God, friend Planchet, I shall drink it for a long time to come, I hope; for at present I am free."
"You are leaving the service?" said Planchet, stupefied.
"But, sir," said Planchet, with a look of shrewdness, "I know where Bazin is."
"Sir," said Planchet, in a mournful tone, "do you abandon me thus to my fate?
When the landlady made her appearance she expressed much astonishment at seeing Planchet.